Another round of strike action may be hitting Nigeria’s higher educational institutions. This time it is the polytechnics. This is because the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), have said it will begin a “total and comprehensive indefinite” strike on Monday as a result of the federal government’s refusal to implement the outstanding agreement it reached with the union. Premium Times reports that Usman Dutse, National President of ASUP, confirmed this development to them on Sunday night in a telephone conversation.
Mr. Dutse stated that on October 16, there was a meeting between ASUP and the Ministry of Labour. He said that at the meeting, there was an agreement to come up with a memorandum of understanding to resolve the issues. According to Mr. Dutse “We were told by the federal Ministry of Labour that a memorandum of understanding will be signed, but we’ve not gotten one till date and that is why our members say there is no seriousness on the side of the government.”
The ASUP President also said that another meeting has been scheduled with the federal government for Wednesday, November 15. On the strike, the ASUP President said “All academic activities will be suspended during the strike”. “Our union is constrained to lament that our sector is on the verge of collapse and needs all the emergency attention it urgently deserves”.